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Partnering for Change

As a coach, one of my favorite questions in leadership, conflict, or offering help and guidance is, “Do you want to feel better (or have a different result)?” If the answer is no, then we’re likely done with our work together for the moment,  and at least we don’t have to waste time struggling or pretending. I’ve learned not to …

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Empathy First

Courageous Conversations (as we call them at LionSpeak) often involve confronting someone about a behavior that you’d like them to change. When I coach people on having these conversations, I ask them to empathize with the person whom they are confronting. And they say things like, “I’m not going to feel sorry for her. She knows when our morning meeting …

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The Fuel of Frustration

Would it surprise you if I said that I love frustration? Oh, not for me. I hate it when I’m frustrated, yet I actually love it when a client or team member tells me they’re frustrated because frustration can be one of the single greatest motivators for action. When we feel frustrated, it means that we care strongly about something …

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Leadership and Laughter

I’m really enjoying the coaching we’ve been doing lately around leadership communications (Courageous Conversations) and growing leaders into amazing coaches for their team. And the results have been nothing short of amazing which makes the work all the more rewarding for me. My clients come in every imaginable shape and size—young and old, new managers and seasoned pros, those with …

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What’s Different Now?

One of my favorite quotes is, “Change your story, change your life.” So simple and yet so powerful if you really understand the principle. If you’ve been a subscriber to our Monday Morning Stretch for any length of time, you know that one of the foundational beliefs at LionSpeak is that we create our reality. Neutral events happen around us, …

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Committed Sardines

You probably already know the largest mammal on earth is a blue whale. But, did you know the blue whale is so large that it can take up to five minutes to turn 180 degrees to swim in the opposite direction? No surprise, really, when you consider an adult whale is roughly the length of 2 ½ Greyhound buses, weighs …